FLIR Systems Inc. (FLIR): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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FLIR Systems ( FLIR) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, FLIR Systems rose $0.28 (1.1%) to $25.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,571,258 shares of FLIR Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,341,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.46-$25.80 after having opened the day at $25.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.46. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 3.7%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), up 3.6% and Exelis ( XLS), up 2.4%.
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FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging systems worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Thermal Vision & Measurement (TVM), Raymarine, Surveillance, Detection, and Integrated Systems. FLIR Systems has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate FLIR Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FLIR Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 2.8% and Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), down 1.7% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with TransDigm Group ( TDG) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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